Tag Archive | Nature

Humanity in transition: visions of our future


Dearest readers, My faith in humanity is very strong, even though I am a very solitary person by nature. I feel that humanity has deviated from its natural state.  Some say that we collectively chose to experience a state of forgetfulness, victimhood, or to be humbled through suffering because it was an experience we all […]

Barefoot and terrified: When did we become afraid of Mother Earth?


Dearest readers, A recent televised evening news broadcast announced the arrest of a woman at a North Carolina daycare center on charges of child abuse for breastfeeding another woman’s baby. When I heard this story, I thought about how fearful and mistrustful we humans are of one another. Especially in America. We are afraid to touch […]

Syntropy: the power to create harmony


Dear readers, Every force in the Universe has a push-pull action. Everything works in pairs, pulsating. Male-female, positive-negative, null-node. The society in which we currently live is driven by primarily entropy, which is the chaotic, disintegrating force – Newton’s 2nd law. We are taught that aging and death are inevitable, that time is linear, and […]

Happiness & health: making choices between reality & illusion


    Dear readers, Many people look for recipes and formulas from outside of self in order to pursue that elusive goal our society claims is necessary for happiness. Staying or appearing young, vital, and energetic becomes a goal when these qualities should be the effortless byproducts of leading a life in harmony with self […]

How fear of women has led us to global warming


Hello readers, Do you ever wonder why we take for granted that God is a male and doesn’t have a wife? Do you ever wonder when human beings began to think of themselves as apart from the rest of Nature and possibly superior to Her? Just what process of human history and evolution has led […]

What do Buddha, Jesus, and C.G. Jung have in common?


Dear readers, I’ve written about how co-dependency is encouraged in our culture and relationships, so much so that most people don’t even notice how their relationship to self and to the world is permeated by drama and the inability to face one’s own shadows and pain honestly. Numbed by overwork, entertainment, and countless distractions, we […]

Why kindness matters


Hello readers! I am about 200 or so pages into book 2 of The Century Trilogy, “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett.  What is so compelling about Follett’s portrayal of our recent history in this epic series is how he helps the reader to see the primary motivating factors at work in human nature through […]

The heart in our stomachs


Hello readers, Some aching in my lower back caused me to recently go see my dear chiropractor, Dr. John. He gave me a series of exercises to do in which I have to remain more or less flat on my back for over a half hour at a time. I checked out an audiobook by […]

Greener than envy…


The science investigating consciousness and intelligence in plants is a fascinating and rapidly developing field of study.  The bias in which all intelligent life forms require a brain and “standard” nervous system is in the process of being debunked. Vegans, beware: cruelty-free living is, alas, impossible! However, increasing awareness of all life forms does  allow […]

When the Chair Came (an original short story)


Sheltering shadows from the outstretched arms of the evergreen provided a protective umbrella from the harsh August sun.  Abella cultivated her mind alongside her shade garden, protective of her privacy and of her plants. The branches of the tree flexed with their own weight, causing the outermost tips of the slender bark-covered fingers to touch […]

My new nature: shedding the need for civilization


  Hello readers, Puttering around my kitchen this morning, a thought that has been shifting around in the sub-floor of the jungle that is my brain started to gently rise through the undergrowth.  Making its way up, the nebulous formation of that thought that has been my preoccupation for a while now became just a […]

Relaxing into the real


Hello readers, As I was meandering about the library where I work, reshelving items, a thought (among many others) creeped into my mindspace.  That thought consists of the following idea: our conscious human agendas and ambitions get in the way of a harmonious life on earth.  What if we could get out of the way […]

Creating Balance: Nature and Culture


Hello readers, It hit me one day, many years ago on one of countless long aimless and solitary walks through Paris that all of matter is intelligent.  Not just matter, but everything that exists: gases, flames, liquids, the invisible as well as the solid.  Everything is as fluxful, comedic, and intentional as the ancient primitives […]

Against Nature: Creative and Healthy Humans


Hello readers, As creators of culture, humans tend to historically set ourselves apart from nature, maintaining a complex and dual relationship with our self-images and our self-facts.  I do believe there is a way to heal this schism in the way we see ourselves and in the way we function in the world.  In fact, […]

Starving or Feeding the Feminine from within: Some thoughts on eating disorders and spiritual purpose


Hello readers, Yesterday, I read a blog post by Elena on thecitizensoffashion.com (see link below) about how young women are promoting and spreading eating disorders through social media.  http://thecitizensoffashion.com/2013/01/09/valeria-levitinthe-worlds-thinnest-woman-campaigns-against-anorexia/ Reading about Valeria Levitin, described as “the thinnest woman in the world” in the article, gave me pause.  I remembered N., a former room-mate from art school […]

Bringing Meaning, Art and Symbolic Language Back into Architecture & Daily Life


Museum of Contemporary Art, Nice, France Hello readers, Although we are all bombarded in most parts of the world with a constant barrage of images and messages from advertisers and media, the Fine Arts have taken a long leave of absence from our living rooms, abdicating the places of business that we frequent on a daily business. The […]

Living Simply: A New Standard of Living


Hello readers, I have always aspired to living simply, and for the most part, I feel I have succeeded.  Although I have never earned much more than $20,000 a year, I manage to live simply with a focus on enjoying the moment.  I feel that a high standard of living means doing work that has meaning, having […]

Gender Fluid: Awakening to a New Era


There is an article in the August 12th issue of the New York Times Magazine  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/magazine/whats-so-bad-about-a-boy-who-wants-to-wear-a-dress.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 about children who feel comfortable identifying with both sexes at different moments in their lives. In the article, they label this type of behavior “gender-fluid“.  I like the word; it seems to evoke all kinds of interesting concepts. Since […]